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How To Remove Raccoons

Updated: May 2


Raccoons are surprising strong and can chew through wood and wires and gain access to your attic. If you find yourself with a raccoon in your property finding out how to remove the raccoon with be on your mind.


Four steps must be taken to remove raccoons


Step 1 - Identify


First you need to make sure you have a raccoon problem. Raccoons make a hole the size of a grapefruit and are typically nocturnal but they are also known to scurry around during the day when scavenging for food. If you have outdoor pets you might even notice their food going missing. Keep in mind, just because you have seen a raccoon on your property, it does not mean the animal you are hearing in the building is the same one you have seen. Identify where the the raccoon is getting into the property. Raccoons can have 8-10 dens across within a neighborhood and may have more than one entry point in your house or property. While doing this initial inspection you must ensure the raccoon does not have babies. Raccoons invade homes for any number of reasons but one of the most common reasons it to get out of the elements is in order to raise young.


Step 2- Remove


Second, after identifying the species, entry points, and searching for potential babies,

humanly remove the raccoon(s). Cage trapping and long distance removal from property is illegal. Removing any wildlife more than one kilometer is harmful to the animal as it might not survive and it is breaking the law. Using methods such as one way door systems which humanly allow the raccoon to leave and then be unable to return is the right way to go. Any babies will need to be removed by hand while avoiding the protective mother raccoon.


Step 3 - Repair


Third, after you have ensured that all wildlife is removed you can begin doing the repairs. If any wildlife is left in your property when the repairs begin the animal could become trapped and die or destroy more property when trying to chew its way out. Repairs will need to include replacing chewed wood and wires. Chew wires are a major contributor to house fires.


Step 4- Prevent


Fourth, to ensure that the raccoons do not return, preventive measures must be taken. Once a raccoon has taken residency in your property it becomes a challenging to get them out and keep them out long term. Once a raccoon has gained entry into your building it will do everything in its power to return, including chewing a new hole to get back in. Roof vents and large construction gaps along the rood will need to be sealed using chew proof and weather proof material. Without these preventive measures the raccoon will simply return using another entry point.


Wildlife removal and prevention is best left up to the professionals like Integrity Wildlife Control. If you need help removing unwanted wildlife, contact the experts at Integrity Wildlife Control. We have 20 experience and all of our work is guaranteed.




 

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